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Arkansas Supreme Court grants stay for death row inmate

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)
LITTLE ROCK (AP) -

According to the Associated Press, the Arkansas Supreme Court has halted one of two executions set for Thursday, saying the condemned inmate should have a chance to prove his innocence with more DNA testing.
    
In a filing, Stacey Johnson argued that advanced DNA techniques could show that he didn't kill Carol Heath, a 25-year-old mother of two, in 1993 at her southwest Arkansas apartment.
    
In a 4-3 ruling late Wednesday afternoon, the state's highest court issued a stay for Johnson and ordered a new hearing in lower court for Johnson to make his claims, the AP reported.
    
Johnson was set to be executed Thursday night along with inmate Ledell Lee, who is also seeking a stay in a separate case.

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